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Lieutenant-General Sir Adrian Paul Ghislain Carton de Wiart VC, KBE, CB, CMG, DSO (5 May 1880 – 5 June 1963), was a British Army officer of Belgian and Irish descent. He served in the Boer War, First World War, and Second World War, was shot in the face, head, stomach, ankle, leg, hip and ear, survived a plane crash, tunneled out of a POW camp, and bit off his own fingers when a doctor refused to amputate them. He later said “frankly I had enjoyed the war.”

After returning home from service in the Second World War, he was sent to China as Winston Churchill’s personal representative. While en route he attended the Cairo Conference.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adrian_Carton_de_Wiart

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Japanese holdouts or stragglers (Japanese: 残留日本兵 Zanryū nipponhei, “remaining Japanese soldiers”) were Japanese soldiers in the Pacific Theatre who, after the August 1945 surrender of Japan ending World War II, either adamantly doubted the veracity of the formal surrender due to strong dogmatic or militaristic principles, or simply were not aware of it because communications had been cut off by the United States island hopping campaign.

They continued to fight the enemy forces, and later local police, for years after the war was over. Some Japanese holdouts volunteered in the Vietnamese Independence war and Indonesian Independence war to free Asian colonies from Western control, which had been one of Imperial Japan’s alleged goals during World War II.

Intelligence officer Hiroo Onoda, who was relieved of duty by his former commanding officer on Lubang Island in the Philippines in March 1974, and Teruo Nakamura, who was stationed on MorotaiIsland in Indonesia and surrendered in December 1974, were the last confirmed holdouts, though rumors persisted of others.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_holdout